Butter Sautéed Tomato and Onions on Toast

I was nostalgic recently to have this tomato and onion dish my Mom and my Aunty Jaya used to make when I was much younger and growing up in India. Us kids would have this saucy tomato dish with buttered bread and it tasted like heaven to us back then. When we were living in India in the late 70s bread wasn’t widely available where we lived, and when we could buy some it was more of a luxury than a norm, which meant that when we ate bread it was a treat. One of the ways we had bread was with this tomato and onion sautéd in butter.

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Mom & Jaya Aunty in Paris, France in 1970 holding a street performer’s monkeys. Mom and my Dad were stationed in London while Jaya Aunty and Chary Uncle were stationed in Paris for a few years as expats.

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Visit to a Goat Farm in Pescadero, California

The twins were turning 10, and this was one of those times when I just didn’t want to plan and organize yet another kids birthday party. Those of you who have kids know this, there are countless kid’s birthday parties, and we as parents are trying to make our child’s birthday unique in some way or another. Parents have done every themed party and original idea there is out there to make their child’s birthday special. I was one of those parents who just didn’t want to do that yet again – that is, go out of my mind trying to be creative and original for another birthday celebration.

This was the year when as a Mom I just wanted to take a break from kids birthday parties.  So I asked the twins if they were okay with NOT having a birthday party that year if I promised to make their birthday very special. The twins thought about this and discussed it among themselves and decided to trust me. Now I was on the hook to deliver! But I knew what I had planned for their 10th birthday would not disappoint.

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Noteworthy Stories of the Month – February, 2017

Oscars Makes History  You know the saying “Truth is stranger than fiction.”  You can’t come up with something as crazy as what happened at the Academy Awards this year – you just can’t.  I mean to announce the wrong winner for Best Picture and give the Oscar to La La Land, then only after all the cast and crew are on stage thanking people do you say “Oops we are sorry, actually the movie Midnight won, not you.”  OMG this is insane! But this isn’t the only reason Oscars made history this year. The Director of La La Land Damien Chazelle was the youngest person to win a best director trophy at the age of 32, and Mahershala Ali was the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar. I didn’t even know Oscars kept track of what religious denomination all the actors are. You learn something new every day folks.  Oscars Makes History

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Daffodil Daydreams 2017 at Filoli Gardens in Woodside, California

Want to see a sea of sunny daffodils blooming in profusion? Daffodils, daffodils, and more daffodils, as far as the eye can see? A trip to Filoli Gardens Daffodil Dreams in Woodside, California is something truly magical and the perfect early springtime nature excursion.

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